Kentucky Requests Disaster Declaration for Flood Damage

Ohio and Union Counties are among the counties that have reported flooding damage from storms more than a month ago.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 1:20 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 2:13 PM

Ohio and Union County join more than 44 counties across the state seeking federal relief from flooding more than a month ago.

On Wednesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear submitted a request to the federal government that a Major Disaster Declaration be issued for areas affected by the effects of flooding.

"This flooding was some of the worst in my lifetime, damaging 2,000 homes and destroying infrastructure, including some of our roadways, and we are asking the president to declare a disaster to provide both individual and public assistance that is needed to help out people and our communities," Governor Beshear said in a statement.

36 counties, including Ohio and Union counties, have also requested FEMA joint assessments for damage totaling more than $49 million dollars.

Many of the counties affected by the flooding were along major rivers in Kentucky, including the Ohio River and the Green River.

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